Originally Posted by enorbet2
From doing a complete Slackware install with several WMs/DEs and adding some more to that I have discovered countless applications I now find essential by surfing around the various DEs just as I surf around the net.. When you don't have to worry that removing an app will take out several other apps due to some overzealous package manager, it is easier and better, IMHO, to start Fat and get Thin than vice versa, with the added bonus of easily discovering new apps.
Enorbet - you are so wise
I agree in not recommending Arch to a new user, and I wouldn't recommend Slack either for the same reason (even though Slack will install to a KDE desktop straight off the DVD). You need a bit of hand-holding nowadays, it's what people are used to. It's not like the DOS days 20 years ago, where terminal was king, and it was a constant battle for RAM *nostalgia* Ubuntu & the like have their place, it's about learning to crawl before you walk, and eventually run if you feel the need. There's nothing wrong with crawling either, if people want to run Ubuntu forever more, so be it (I've been running Ubuntu for a couple of years, and I've only just about said 'sod it' and will make the plunge into Arch). The GUI is nice for getting stuff done, and not having to think about it. Sometimes, having to remember what config file to edit, and where it is, is a pain in the ass - so much easier to click on a GUI app to do it for you. But just like OCing, if you want to be 'elite' and 'squeeze the most out of your rig', Arch, Gentoo, Slack, LFS, etc are all there waiting for you